Guillaume Apollinaire – Zone – Selected Poems – “The fruit of poet-translator Ron Padgett‘s fifty-year engagement with the work of France’s greatest modern poet” –
(a bilingual edition) – has just been published by the New York Review Books.
Don’t miss it.
“Guillaume, Guillaume how I envy your fame, your accomplishment for American letters/ your “Zonewith its long crazy line of bullshit about death/come out of the grave and talk through the door of my mind/issue new series of images oceanic haikus blue taxi-cabs in Moscow negro statues of Buddha/pray for me on the phonograph record of your former existence/ with a long sad voice and strophes of deep sweet music sad and scratchy as World War 1.” (from Allen Ginsberg – “At Apollinaire’s Grave”)
(Robert Dewhurst‘s “Liner Notes”, helpful annotations, may be found here)
and this – (a recent “Oral History Initiative”) – Dewhurst oversees a spirited discussion amongst John’s friends – Ammiel Alcalay, Jim Dunn, Raymond Foye, Fanny Howe and Gerrit Lansing – memories of John.
Other “Oral History Initiatives” from the Woodberry Poetry Room include sessions on Charles Olson, Denise Levertov, Frank O’Hara, & others Michael Seth Stewart answers questions here on editing John’s journals (his recent City Lights edition)